£40million Fee Set: Barcelona Confirm Imminent Deal For 5ft10 Arsenal Star

Even outside the close of the transfer window, Arsenal continues to be in the news for the transfer of players away and to the club.

According to latest reports, Barcelona have confirmed their interest in Hector Bellerin and they will accept to sign him when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre lavished praised on the youngster and somewhat revealed his desire to bring back the player to Camp Nou.

“We’ve already seen him as a Cule! He’s a great player, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

“Wenger convinced him to move [in 2011] and promised him something which we couldn’t.

“We could not promise him that within two years he would be playing in Dani Alves’ place.”

It wouldn’t be the first time a player returned to Barcelona after being sold on previously and Mestre is a big believer in the practice.

“In many cases it’s good that they leave to develop as players and then return [with that experience],” he added.

“Look at the cases of Cesc [Fabregas], [Gerard] Pique, [Jordi] Alba and Denis Suarez… I hope the same thing will happen with [Sergi] Samper, too.

“It’s positive that [these players] get minutes at other clubs. It is dynamic which has always provided good results for players that carry the Barca DNA in their blood.”

Bellerin has established himself as first choice for the right back position and his current deal expires in 2019 but Arsenal are hoping he will extend till 2021.

The right-back is currently valued north of £40million by Arsenal, a fee which would make him the most expensive full-back in history, and should he extend his contract by two years then that asking price would only go up.


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